February 16, 2017
Las Vegas: The Hottest Music Destination?
Las Vegas: The Hottest Music Destination?4:02
America?s fastest growing music destination isn?t Nashville, New York or New Orleans. Its Vegas. WSJ arena reporter Neil Shah joins Lunch Break with Tanya Rivero to tell us what?s led to this major music makeover. Photo: Getty
Country music starlet Sue Ray.
“It’s probably one of my favourite venues in the world,” Ray says. “(Owner) Jamie Trevaskis recorded my first album
and my most recent one. He just gets the best sound. He’s a wonderful sound engineer.”
While she’s happy to be home, Nashville proved a remarkable step in Ray’s career. She went to the famous music city for an Americana music conference in 2012, applied for the US’s annual Green Card Lottery on a whim, and won. While living there, she worked in hospitality at a hotel where she met her now partner, and at a vintage guitar shop, where she met many famous names: “Pete Townshend of the Who, (American musicians) Ryan Adams, Chris Stapleton, Chris Isaak, Luke Bryan, and the guys who produced the Nashville TV show.”Ray, whose earlier musical dabblings have included heavy metal, rockabilly and folk, will be performing later this month at one of Brisbane venue The Triffid’s Americana nights. Having played country music most of her life, Americana is a genre she only belatedly discovered she belonged to. “People in Australia were trying to classify me and I kept getting alternative country, which for me was funny because I always thought I was playing stuff closer to old-school country. I’ve really found my niche.” Sue Ray Live at the Junk Bar is available on Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes and Pandora. She performs at The Triffid, Newstead, Feb 26; International Women’s Day, The West End Sessions, Brisbane, Mar 4; 4ZZZ fundraiser The Haunt, Mar 12; Brisbane Powerhouse, Mar 19; the Junk Bar with Glenn Skuthorpe, Mar 24Originally published as Little Ray of sunshine in Nashville